Strategies Real Assets Investments

Access to primary, secondary and direct investments across infrastructure, real estate and natural resources

The Real Assets Investment Team focuses on global real asset investment opportunities that have the potential to generate consistent distribution yields and compelling risk-adjusted total returns. We remain highly selective, while seeking to deploy capital in situations in which we believe we have a competitive advantage in gaining access to and evaluating high-quality assets alongside leading general partners and operators. We believe this approach, coupled with thoughtful and deliberate portfolio construction, provides our clients with diversified and well-managed exposure to global real assets.

  • Highly selective, investing in only ~1% of $190.3B+ worth of transactions reviewed from 2020-2023
  • Actively investing in real assets since 1999, the team today manages more than $14.4B+ of AUM and $178.2B+ of AUS
  • Unique access within the sector due to investment relationships with 545+ individual managers, leading to visibility on differentiated, often off-market opportunities across sub-sectors1

1As of March 31, 2024. Includes any investment with an investment strategy of real estate, infrastructure, or natural resources.


Assets Under Management & Supervision


Opportunities Reviewed in 2023


Years of Real Assets Investing

As of March 31, 2024

Deal Spotlights

Project Polaris

Who they are

A leading, independent renewable power producer across Italy, the U.S., Japan and India that has developed and built 15GW and 13GW of solar energy, respectively.

Why it matters

Ambitious targets for sourcing renewable power are being set across the globe due to increasing demand and net-zero emission targets. The company will benefit from incentives such as the REPowerEUplan and the U.S. Inflation Reduction Act.

The bottom line

The company has a strong asset base, with 1.3GW of solar PV assets in operation and late-stage construction, in addition to durable cash flows through 10 to 25-year PPA or tariff agreements. It also had an additional 400MW of capacity expected to achieve CoD in 2024 and 2025 for additional upside. This was an oversubscribed opportunity structured as preferred equity with a mid-teens target return.

The HL advantage

Despite limited capacity, we gained significant allocation to the opportunity through our long-standing relationship with the sponsor.

Project Castle

Who they are

Leading owner and operator of WtE facilities in North America, comprised of three business segments across waste processing and services, energy and metals.

The bottom line

The company controls ~75% of WtE market share in North America with high barriers to entry, protecting it from new entrants. Additionally, the company has a large, diversified legacy customer base with long-term contracts and several near-term growth opportunities.

Managing Director Peter Larsen dives deeper into the HL advantage in this deal spotlight video.

Project Gateway

Who they are

U.S. transportation lessor and solutions provider with a fleet of over 100k owned trailers, marine chassis and containers across 71 locations.

Why it matters

The rise of e-commerce and transportation volumes has bolstered demand for the company’s technology-based equipment leasing solution.

The bottom line

The sponsor and in-place management team have exhibited the ability to capture growth initiatives by reshaping the company through both acquisitions and organic initiatives.

The HL advantage

Our status as a preferred partner to the sponsor and our ability to execute in a short timeframe provided us with a full commitment to an oversubscribed transaction that saw several peers cut back. Further, our direct access to a number of competing businesses allowed for extensive reference-checking on the business, market dynamics and investment thesis.

Read our take on the current Real Assets landscape
We leverage our global platform, information advantages and deep sector expertise in real estate, infrastructure and natural resources to identify what we believe to be the best risk-adjusted investment opportunities for our clients and managed accounts.
Brent Burnett
Head of Infrastructure and Real Assets

Greater insight driven by a robust technology platform

Our continued investment in private markets technology solutions provides unparalleled access to information including a database with more than 21,200 funds, 14,000 unique managers, and 157,600+ companies, properties and assets. Further, each year the firm participates in over 1,300 meetings with general partners on average, and reviews 1,100+ PPMs. Together, these insights help enable us to be a more informed investor and a valuable strategic partner to managers, thereby providing access to unique opportunities.

As of March 31, 2024

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